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The Chronicles of Monstrelet form an immediate continuation of those d Froissart, and although not possessing all the spirit-stirring vigour of the chivalric pages of the Canon of Chimay, which exhibit in that respect merit altogether unsurpassed, yet they are by no means deficient in descriptive power; and as an historical authority, the accuracy of the dates and transcripts of official documents render the work invaluable as a store-house of ascertained facts, and in that respect superior to its predecessor, who is not famed for such scrupulous nicety.

It may

be proper to mention in this place, that the first and second books, carrying on the history of France, and in part that of Europe generally, from the year 1400, when Froissart concludes, to the month of May 1444, are alone tho genuine work of Monstrelet. The remainder, in which the history is continued to 1516, many years after Monstrelet's death, is a mere compilation from other chronicles, but as that portion is fully commented on in the annexed essays of M. Dacier and M. de Foncemagne, it is unnecessary to enter further upon the subject.

The merit of the wood-cuts, on which no pains or expense have been spared, needs no eulogium from the pen of the editor. Their pictorial excellence, and the accurate delineation of architecture and costume, give them value ; and many of the landscapes and views of places having been made expressly for this work, are invested with an additional interest, as possessing a guarantee of fidelity, in which mere copies of the works of others are necessarily deficient.

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THE LIFE OF MONSTRELET, with an Essay on his

Chronicles, by M. DACIER .


Observations on the Chronicle of Enguerrand de

Monstrelet, by M. Foncemagno

The Prologue



1. How Charles, the well-beloved, reigned in

France, after he had been crowned at Rheims,

in the year thirteen hundred and eighty 3

2. An esquire of Arragon, named Michel d'Orris,

sends challenges to England. The answer he

receives from a knight of that country


3. Great pardons granted at Rome


4. John of Montfort, duke of Brittany, dies. The

emperor departs from Paris. Isabella, queen

of England, returns to France


5. The duke of Burgundy, by orders from the

king of France, goes into Brittany, and the

duke of Orleans to Luxembourg. A quarrel

ensues between them


6. Clement, duke of Bavaria, is elected emperor

of Germany, and afterward conducted with a

numerous retinue to Frankfort


7. Henry of Lancaster, king of England, combats

the Percies and Welshmen, who had invaded

bis kingdom, and defeats them


8. John de Verchin, a knight of great renown,

and seneschal of Hainault, sends, by his

herald, a challenge into divers countries, pro-

posing a deed of arms


9. The duke of Orleans, brother to the king of

France, sends a challenge to the king of Eng-

land. The answer he receives


10. Waleran, count de Saint Pol, sends a challenge

to the king of England


11. Concerning the sending of sir James de Bour-

bon, count de la Marche, and his two brothers,

by orders from the king of France, to the

assistance of the Welsh, and other matters 24

12. The admiral of Brittany, with other lords,

fights the English at sea. Gilbert de Frelun

makes war against king Henry


13. The university of Paris quarrels with sir Charles

de Savoisy and with the provost of Paris ib.

14. The seneschal of Hainault performs a deed of

arms with three others, in the presence of the

king of Arragon. The admiral of Brittany

undertakes as expedition against England · 26

15. The marshal of France and the master of the

cross-bows, by orders from the king of France,

go to England, to the assistance of the prince

of Wales


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16. A powerful infidel, called Tamerlane, invades

the kingdom of king Bajazet, who marches

against and fights with him

17. Charles, king of Navarre, negotiates with the

king of France, and obtains the duchy of

Nemours. Duke Philip of Burgundy makes

a journey to Bar-le-Duc and to Brussels

18. The duke of Burgundy dies in the town of

Halle, in Hainault. His body is carried to

the Carthusian conveut at Dijon, in Bur-


19. Waleran, count de St. Pol, lands a large force

on the Isle of Wight, to make war against

England, but returns without having per-

formed any great deeds

20. Louis duke of Orleans is sent by the king to the

pope at Marseilles. The duke of Bourbon is

ordered into Languedoc, and the constable

into Acquitaine

21. The death of duke Albert, count of Hainault,

and of Margaret, duchess of Burgundy, daugh-

ter to Louis earl of Flanders

22. Jobn, duke of Burgundy, after the death of the

duchess Margaret, is received by the principal

towns in Flanders as their lord

23. Cuke William, count of Hainault, presides at a

combat for life or death, in his town of

Quesnoy, in which one of the champions is


24. The count de St. Pol marches an army before

the castle of Mercq, where the English from

Calais meet and discomfit him

25. John, duke of Burgundy, goes to Paris, and

causes the dauphin and queen to return thi.

ther, whom the duke of Orleans was carrying

off, with other matters

26. Duke John of Burgundy obtains from the king

of France the government of Picardy. An

embassy from Engiand to France.

An ac-

count of Clugnet de Brabant, knight

27. The war is renewed between the dukes of Bar

and Lorraine. Marriages concluded at Com-

piegne. An alliance between the dukes of

Orleans and Burgundy

28. The duke of Orleans, by the king's orders,

marches a powerful army to Acquitaine, and

besieges Blay and le Bourg

29. The duke of Burgundy prevails on the king of

France and his council, that he nay have

permission to assemble men-at-arms to be.

siege Calais

30. The prelates and clergy of France are sum-

moned to attend the king at Paris, on the

subject of a union of the church

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31. The Liegeois eject their bishop, John of Bava- 49. The king of France is carried, by the princes

ria, for refusing to be consecrated as a church-

of the blood, to Tours, in Touraine. Peace

man, according to his promise


is made in the town of Chartres. The deatn

32. Anthony, duke of Limbourg, takes possession

of the dowager-duchess of Orleans


of that duchy, and afterward of the town of 50. The queen of Spain dies during the sitting of

Maestricht, to the great displeasure of the

the council at Pisa. The marriage of the



king of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden 134

33. Ambassadors from pope Gregory arrive at 31. The king of France has a severe return of his

Paris, with bulls from the pope to the king

disorder. The marriage of the count de

and university of Paris


Nevers with the damsel of Coucy. The war

34. The duke of Orleans receives the duchy of

of Awe de Viry, a Savoyard, with the duke

Acquitaine, as a present, from the king of

of Bourbon


France. A truce concluded between Eug- 52. Two combats take place at Paris in the pre-
land and France


sence of the king. The death of the arch-

35. The prince of Wales, accompanied by bis two

bishop of Rheims. The council at Pisa 135

uncles, marches a considerable force to wage 53. The ambassadors to the council from the uni.
war against the Scots


versity of Paris write letters to inform those
36. The duke of Orleans, only brother to Charles

who had sent them of what had passed at this

VI. the well-beloved, king of France, is

council. Pietro della Luna and Gregory are

inhumanly assassinated in the town of

deprived of the papacy, and all persons for-



bidden by the holy council from obeying

37. The duchess of Orleans, with her younger son,

either in any manner.

Peter of Candia, a

wait on the king in Paris, to make complaint

Cordelier, is elected bishop of Rome by the

of the cruel murder of the late duke her hus.

cardinals. Regulations for the approbation



of the general council


38. The duke of Burgundy assembles a number of

54. The death of the bishop of Paris. The mar-

bis dependants, at Lille, in Flanders, to a

riages of the duke of Brabant with the niece

council, respecting the death of the duke of

of the king of Bohemia, of the constable of

Orleans. He goes to Amiens, and thence to

France's daughter with the son of Montagu,



grand-master of the household; of the king


of Cyprus with Charlotte de Bourbon

39. The duke of Burgundy offers his justification,

for having caused the death of the duke of

- 55. The duke of Burgundy holds a great council at

Orleans, in the presence of the king and his

Lille on his affairs. The death of the duchess

of Orleans



great council

40. The king of France sends a solemn embassy to

56. The town of Genoa rebels against Boucicaut,

the pope. The answer they receive. The

marshal of Fra.ce, the governor, while obey-


pope excommunicates the king and his adhe-

ing a summons from the duke of Milan


81 57. The princes of the blood assemble, and resolve

41. The university of Paris declares against the

to reform the management of the royal

finances. The death of Montagu

pope della Luna, in the presence of the king


of France. King Louis of Sicily leaves Paris.

58. Duke Louis of Bavaria espouses the daughter of

Of the borgne de la Heuse


the king of Navarre. The names of the lords

42. The duke of Burgundy departs from Paris, on

who came to Paris in obedience to the king's



account of the affairs of Liege. The king of

Spain conibats the Saracen fleet.

The king

59. The king of France keeps royal stato in bis

of Hungary writes to the university of Paris 86

palace, wherein several of the great lords

43. How all the prelates and clergy of France were

before mentioned hold many councils on the

summoned to Paris. The arrival of the queen

state of the nation


and of the duchess of Orleans

87 60. A great dissension takes place this year between
44. The duchess dowager of Orleans and her son

the king of Poland on the one hand, and the

cause a public answer to be made, at Paris, to

grand-master of Prussia and his knights on

the charges of the duke of Burgundy against

the other


the late duke of Orleans, and challenge the 61. The duke of Berry, by the king's commands,

duke of Burgundy for bis murder


returns to Paris. The marriage of the son of

45. The conclusion of the duchess of Orleans'

the king of Sicily. The assembly that is

advocate against the duke of Burgundy, and

holden at Meun-le-Chastel

. 155

the reply from the chancellor

111 62. The king of Sicily goes to Provence and to
46. Guy de Roye, archbishop of Rheims, appeals

Bologua, to meet his rival, king Ladislaus.

from the constitutions drawn up by the uni-

The death of pope Alexander, and the elec-

versity of Paris, which angers that body, and

tion of pope John


they imprison his commissary

115 63. The grand-master of Prussia marides a power-

47. The duke of Burgundy assembles a large body

ful army of Christians into Lithuania 159

of men-at-arms to succour John of Bavaria 64. The duke of Berry quits Paris, and retires to his

against the Liegeois, and combats them 116

own estates. He goes afterward to Angers,

48. The king of France holds a grand council at

and unites with the duke of Orleans and the

Paris, to consider on the manner of proceeding

other princes of his party


against the duke of Burgundy for the murder 65. The death of the duke of Bourbon. The pro-

of the duke of Orleans


clamation of the king of France. The duke




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